professional development - courses & workshops

Fresh Perspectives on Standards-Based Content and Pedagogy

Let Blue Heron address teaching staff's professional development needs with a graduate level course or workshop. We'll provide a high quality and exciting program that helps educators understand content and translate this learning into their teaching. We'll also take care of arranging graduate credit.

We are happy to develop programs to meet your particular needs. However, you might be interested in one of our already existing programs.

Graduate Level Courses
While we will design a course for your district's specific needs, districts and our participants have already found the following programs well worth their while. Courses offered are:

Get the Science Connection
Inquiry & standards-based science for K-6 educators

Designing Minds
Integrating engineering/technology thinking into the K-12 curriculum

Pathways to Math Understanding
Inquiry-based mathematics content and pedagogy

Beyond the Facts through Artifacts
Technology/engineering connections to social studies

(adaptable to offer graduate credit) We're happy to develop programs to meet your goals! Our workshops provide stimulating and practical approaches to teaching standards-based content. Teachers will explore new perspectives on what they already know while also building new understandings. We'll design a program to fit your goals and your schedule--just let us know what you need. We have already designed and run these successful programs:

Pixels and Panoramas
Exploring art & science for deep understanding

Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum with Engineering Design

The Fourth Strand of Science
Teaching and learning about engineering and technology

Science in the Imagination, Pictures and Words
Visualizing science to think and learn

The ABCs of Science and Literacy
Using ABC and other books to enhance science and language arts learning

Physics: A Moving Experience
Physical science content and pedagogy for K-6 educators

Action Research (& Other) Seminars
Sometimes a course or workshop just isn't enough. To really implement new insights into content and pedagogy, teachers need to probe deeply into their practice and their students' learning. Blue Heron's consultants are experienced facilitators of teacher research and can help individuals and professional learning communities examine their practice.